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Toyota Recalls Over 700,000 Cars

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On: Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 3:14PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Toyota Recalls Over 700,000 Cars

Just when you thought it was safe to head back to the Toyota dealership, out comes another massive recall from the Japanese automaker. Although, it seems this one is a bit more proactive than reactive, so at least that's a big step in the right direction. But, there is no denying the enormity of this recall -- 778,000 vehicles in all.

The two models affected are the Lexus HS 250 Hybrid and the venerable Rav4. Affected cars were manufactured from October 2005 through September 2010, and all suffer from a rear suspension arm that are apparently extremely delicate and if tightened wrong, can cause excessive movement and potentially complete failure. Toyota has not specified how they intend to remedy the problem, but promises to begin contacting owners as soon as a proper fix has been figured out.

Read on for the full report.

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Lexus / HS 250 Hybrid2006-2011
Toyota / RAV42006-2011
Manufacturer:Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Mfr's Report Date:Aug 01, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V373000
NHTSA Action Number:PE12013
Component:Suspension: Rear
Potential Number of Units Affected:778,000


Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006 through 2011 RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS250h passenger vehicles manufactured from October 2005 through September 2010. If the nuts for adjusting the rear wheel alignment are improperly tightened during service, the rear suspension arm (rear tire rod) may develop unwanted movement and rust leading to thread damage and eventual failure. Failure of the rear tire rod will cause an abrupt change in the vehicle's alignment.


Failure of the rear tie rod could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.


Toyota is currently developing the remedy and will provide a notification schedule when it becomes available. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.


Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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